Last update: 12/10/2015

Social Platform guide to the EU Public Procurement Directive

Monday, 12 October, 2015
On 17 April 2014 the new Public Procurement Directive (2014/24/EU) came into force. Member states have until 18 April 2016 to transpose the Directive into national legislation.
Although the Directive provides contracting authorities with a vehicle to achieve social and environmental goals, they are not obliged to pursue those goals.

This guide is aimed at:

  • supporting member state representatives in the transposition of the directive
  • supporting contracting authorities in its implementation
  • facilitating the understanding of the Directive by social economy enterprises and non-profit social and health service providers.
In order to capitalise on the social advantages the Directive offers, we have focused on the following three areas:
  • “Reserved contracts” for economic operators that promote the social and professional integration of persons with disabilities and disadvantaged persons.
  • “Social considerations” as the silver thread through the procurement process (e.g. how to promote fundamental rights, gender equality, employment opportunities for people further away from the labour market, decent work)
  • Putting service users first by designing effective procedures for awarding contracts for social and health services.

You can find the guide at this link